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California Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium bellum

 

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California Blue-eyed Grass
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Family: Iridaceae, Iris view all from this family



Description This blue-eyed grass species is a variable perennial, 3-18 in. tall, with umbels of starry, blue, violet or white flowers depending on the form. Individual flowers last only one day but are produced in great quantities. Foliage may be evergreen depending on moisture and temperature. Leaves are narrow and sword-shaped, occuring in fan-like sprays from creeping rhizomes that enlarge the colony each year.


Flower March - May.


Flower March - May


Habitat Variable, but mostly open, grassy places below 3000 ft.


Range California, w. of the Cascades to Oregon; also Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


Discussion Blue-eyed grass becomes very drought tolerant when established and may self-sow.


Comments Blue-eyed grass will become very drought tolerant when established and may self-sow. While flowering, the species benefits from temporarily moist soil, but the soil should be dry in summer.


Exposure Preference Sun to partial shade.


Native Distribution California, w. of the Cascades to Vancouver I., British Columbia


Site Preference Variable, but mostly open, grassy places below 3000 ft.


Soil Preference Various soils.


 

 

 

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